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The 2020 Australian Open Draw is here

We take a look at who our Aussies will face, and possible outside court match-ups in the first round of the Australian Open.

With the 2020 tournament only three days away, the Australian Open draw has been released.

Beginning Monday 20 January, the Open will this year run until Sunday 2 February.

Aussies in action at the Australian Open:

On the women’s side of the draw, number 1 Ash Barty will face Lesia Tsurenko in Round 1, with potential matches against Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams standing in her way of holding up the cup.

On the men’s side of the draw, Nick Kyrgios is the only seeded Australian, facing Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the first round.

A mouth-watering match-up with Rafael Nadal awaits if Kyrgios can reach the fourth round, and the odds are definitely in the Aussie’s favour with Kyrgios 2-1 against the world number 1 on hard court.

Other first-round matches include Ajla Tomljanovic with her work cut out against 31st seed Anastasija Sevastova, while Sam Stosur will take on a yet to be decided qualifier.

John Millman will face Ugo Humbert of France, while 28th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga awaits Alexei Popyrin.

Jordan Thompson will face Alexander Bublik, and James Duckworth will need to get past Aljaz Bedene.

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Potential outside court clashes:

As always, the outside courts will be accessible with a ground pass, so let’s take a look at the potential first-round clashes that every fan can wander into, outside of the Aussies.

Sam Querrey v Borna Coric

The rising Croatian star Coric comes in as the 25th seed, taking on big-serving American Sam Querrey (world number 44), who was number 11 as recently as 2018.

Venus Williams v Coco Gauff

It’s a battle of the generations and Americans with 39-year-old former number 1 Williams taking on 15-year-old Gauff, one of the brightest young prospects on the WTA tour.

Radu Albot v Milos Raonic

The world number 44 Albot will take on Raonic, a former world number 3 hoping to rediscover his best form after a poor run of injuries in recent years.

Kristie Ahn v Caroline Wozniacki

A former Australian Open Champion in 2018, Wozniacki will be hoping to go out on a high after announcing her retirement following the Australian Open.

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Sloane Stephens v Shuai Zhang

The powerful American number 25 Stephens faces world number 40 Zhang in what could be one of the tightest first-round match-ups of the tournament.

Kyle Edmund v Dusan Lajovic

The Serbian showed his class on his way to helping Serbia take out the ATP Cup last week, and a tempting battle with Edmund, a former top 15 player in 2018, is enticing.

Pablo Cuevas v Gilles Simon

Both unseeded, the world 44 and 57 will face off, with the two veterans both former top 20 players.

Kirsten Flipkens v Karolina Muchova

The former top 15 Belgian Flipkens will face another of the WTA’s next-generation stars in 20th seed 23-year-old Muchova.

For the full draw to the Australian Open 2020, head here.

For tickets to the Australian Open, running Monday 20 January – Sunday 2 February, head to now.

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